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Grateful Dead Live at Legion Stadium on 1970-12-26




Set1 - Disc 1

d1t01 - Cold Rain And Snow
d1t02 - Mama Tried
d1t03 - The Frozen Logger
d1t04 - Easy Wind
d1t05 - Till The Morning Comes
d1t06 - Truckin'
d1tt07 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t08 - Me And My Uncle
d1t09 - Candyman
d1t10 - Big Railroad Blues
d1t11 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t12 - Black Peter
d1t13 - Beat It On Down The Line


Set2 - Disc 2

d2t01-Morning Dew
d2t02-Casey Jones
d2t03-Dire Wolf
d2t04-China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t05-I Know You Rider
d2t06-Good Lovin'
d2t07-Uncle John's Band


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Legion Stadium
Location El Monte, CA

Source Bertha Remaster of the Master Reel/Cassette source (SHN ID 22369)
Lineage SBD > MR > CASS > DAT > CDA > WAV(EAC) > SHN > DAW(Bertha) > Audio DVD > DVD Audio Extractor v.3.3.2 (audio files extracted prior to burning to DVD disc) > 24/48 wav > downsampled to 44.1 wav with Wave Lab v.5.00a > dithered from 24 to 16 bit depth with Wave Lab UV22 HR Plugin > SBEs fixed with shntool v.2.0.3 (by set) > FLAC encoding with FLAC Frontend v.1.7.1 Etree Edition, FLAC v.1.1.2 (level 8)
Transferred by Jay Ashley and Gary Field

Notes

Digitally Remastered using the Bertha Digital Audio Workstation. Remastering by jashley@deadacated.com. Completed April 4, 2006.

Some minor cleanup and editing was done prior to Bertha processing.

Charlie did a nice job patching this one.

DVD audio extraction through flac compression by Gary Field 4/20/2006. Thanks to Charlie and Jay.

Reviews

Reviewer: Chris U. - - December 27, 2014
Subject: the first show in yet another great 3 night run
Winter is here so it's a good time to remember these great Legion Stadium shows.

Like many recordings in the Archive, the quality of this recording is impossible to appreciate on the smaller computer speakers. The stage mics (and/or some dedicated mic) seems to have captured a good deal of the low frequency spectrum and the reverberations of "the hall" (as I understand it, Legion Stadium was an old boxing ring).

Just put this through a system with some decent bass and you will think that you were there. That's a good feeling because the Dead deliver some very groovy and beautifully played music here. December 1970 seems a long way from May 1970, or even September 1970. The beads and flowery tunics have been traded in for cowboy hats and ponchos.

The tempo of some of the songs is relatively leisurely, to be sure, but the band regularly scales numerous and majestic peak destinations ... sometimes multiple times in a single songs (the audience is peaking -- you can tell that much).

On the other hand, the energy flowing from the stage during Easy Wind and Big Railroad Blues is extreme. Some fantastic playing by a well-recorded Bob Weir on pretty much everything, particularly the Easy Wind and the Friend of the Devil.

I've always had a special fondness for the well-screamed versions of Minglewood Blues and this is one of the best examples. Listen to Jerry's incredible and continuous guitar improvisations as that song progresses. Whether he's soloing or just playing behind Weir's vocals the dude never stops inventing.

The Good Lovin' jam (after the drums) begins at 5:10 (sounds like there is a splice in the Drums moments before that) and it's an exceptional version: very tight, very hot, but also venturing into much unfamiliar and awesome territories. Nice vocals by Pig towards the end (and is it just me or does Jerry riff on "Thank You For Letting Me Be Mice Elf" at around 17:15 or thereabouts?).
Reviewer: ms42466 - - March 22, 2013
Subject: wow, just wow, such clarity!!!!!
pristine sound, esp 4 70!!
all is tops
really
easy wind, minglewood, ttmcomes. black peter on & on
Reviewer: rschwz28 - - February 9, 2012
Subject: Easy Wind
Ron finishes his harmonica, says, "Go on!" and the rest of the band quiets down and lets Bobby do his thing. Then it's Jerry's turn, and before it's over you know you're hearing a song for the ages! Is there anything like a 1970 Easy Wind?

Five from Workingman's, four from American. What a show!
Reviewer: macker - - January 9, 2011
Subject: Good Lovin
No band has ever rocked a song like this
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - November 4, 2008
Subject: improved sound, nice...
Okay, I can hear a definite improvement over the other copies on I.A., I'm impressed.

I congratulate you, nice work.

Get this version, it sounds better.

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now, or you'll be sorry...
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - July 12, 2008
Subject: All Electric Workingmans /Beauty With Gibson SG
There is something very unique and indescribable with the sound of this recording and what's been done to it. It's Jerry on his Live Dead Gibson SG firewalking through songs from Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Though some of the vocal harmonies are strained their last time played Til The Morning Comes sparkles and though slightly slower in tempo the Minglewood is very similar to their first album version. Every song version is topnotch.

An astonishingly crisp and robust representation of what would morph into concert hall Grateful Dead.
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